NORMAN, Okla. – If there’s one thing you could say about Oklahoma basketball the last few years, it’s consistency among the five that coach Lon Kruger was going to put out there.
The lineup never changed. But this is a new season and obviously there are going to be a lot of moving parts for the Sooners.
We saw the first domino with Kruger putting Matt Freeman in the starting lineup and bringing freshman Kristian Doolittle off the bench.
All Doolittle did in response was have the best game of young six-game career in OU’s 87-66 win against Northern Colorado to move to 5-1 this season.
Doolittle shot 7 of 8 from the floor for a career-high 17 points with five rebounds in 18 minutes.
“I was looking for my shot more in the flow of the offense and was just driving and kicking and just taking whatever became available,” Doolittle said.
Doolittle used to being the big dog, handled the situation like a pro as it’s the next step in the learning process for him with the Sooners.
“Yeah, to say the least,” said Doolittle about it being a wakeup call. “But I didn’t take it personal. I have all the faith in the world in Matt. He’ll ball out there and do a great job.”
It was an Edmond Memorial type of night with senior point guard Jordan Woodard doing a little bit of everything for the Sooners.
He had 14 points with nine rebounds and seven assists as the Sooners stretched the lead in the final 10 minutes.
“A lot of guys, in the second half when we were making a good run, a lot of fresh people in the game at that time,” Kruger said. “It might have been a big difference. It is hard to tell from Northern’s perspective, but I thought our guys did a good job coming off the bench and providing energy.”
OU notched 41 points off the bench but also had key contributions from starters Christian James (14 points) and Khadeem Lattin (10 points, five blocks, three steals).